BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With a soulful, velvet sound, singer Quiana Lynell stole the show during the Louisiana Rising benefit concert with her original song "Baton Rouge," a musical love letter to the city she calls home.
"Baton Rouge, I met all my best of friends in Baton Rouge," the song crooned to the audience.
Lynell said she jumped at the chance to debut the song she wrote earlier this year at the Louisiana Rising concert, which raised more than half a million dollars for flood relief.
However, the singer said her mission to help flood victims has just begun. Now, she's focusing on fellow artists.
"This story is not over. We need to continuously remind people what's going on, how often we drive down the street and we see houses, homes, lives on every corner," said Lynell.
Lynell's song "Baton Rouge" will be released on Friday, Sept. 9. Starting that day, she wants other Baton Rouge artists to take the song and create their own cover and post it on social media using #CoverBatonRouge. That way, Lynell explained, the stories of flood recovery will continue to spread as people show their love for the city.
"I'm reaching out to any performing artist whether you can dance or play the song in your favorite spot and perform to the song," said Lynell.
Lynell's Cover Baton Rouge campaign is also a fundraiser. The singer said all of her proceeds from her song will go to help other artists impacted by flooding.
To do that, Lynell teamed up with the Baton Rouge Arts Council and their Creative Relief fund.
"The creative relief is there to provide either replacement materials, equipment or funding in certain circumstances to artists that are most in need," said Jessica Ottaviano, the council's director of development and gr ant management.
Ottaviano says after the flood, artists have been eager to help. The Council placed performers in the area shelter to provide comfort and entertainment for victims. Long term, Ottaviano said the Creative Relief fund will help artists get back on their feet and back to work.
Donations to the fund can be made online, and even designated to a specific branch of the arts.
Lynell hopes the campaign and her song will help cover Baton Rouge in more ways than one.
"Cover us in your love, keep us in your thoughts and remember why this is our home," said Lynell.